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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Hillsborough County Stormwater Public Education Awareness Campaign (SPEAC)
Lake Management and Adopt-A-Pond Programs

Affiliation, if you are part of a national, statewide, or regional network (e.g., Izaak Walton League, Texas Watch):
Hillsborough County Government

Contact Information
Name:James Griffin Julia Palaschack Street:Hillsborough Co. Public Works;
Engineering Divi.
P.O. Box 1110; 601 E. Kennedy Blvd.;
23rd Floor
City: TampaState: Florida
Zip Code:33601-Phone: 813 272-5912
Email:DrDuckjr@aol.comWeb site1:http://
Fax: 813 272-6458Web site2:

Does your program serve as an "umbrella" organization for smaller monitoring groups? No

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):375
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:50 Students Number:2000

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $190000 Year monitoring began: 1996

Sources of funding or in-kind support
Federal GovernmentX State GovernmentX Local Government
Foundations Businesses Memberships
Donations Grass roots fundraising (events, solicitations, etc.)Other:

Does program have a written QA (quality assurance) plan?Yes Is it state-approved?Yes
EPA-approved? No

Does program have monitoring-related publications you are willing to share with, or sell to, other groups?Yes

Counties in which you monitor:

Program description:
Hillsborough County SPEAC is an educational outreach program in which volunteers do monitoring, education, and restoration. Our program has 2 components. The Lake Management Program (LaMP) monitors lakes (currently 90; 150 in 1998) and educates citizens in lake management. Our new program, Adopt-A-Pond, trains citizens to manage stormwater ponds (30 ponds in 1997).

Environments monitored:
Lake or Pond

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Conductivity, Hardness, Hydrocarbons, Nitrogen, pH, Phosphorus, Rainfall, Secchi transparency, TSS/TDS, Water temp.

Biological monitoring:
Aquatic vegetation, Chlorophyll, Exotic / Invasive species

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:
Debris cleanup, Debris monitoring, Restoration, Storm drain stenciling

Restoration activities:

Data Uses
EducationOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government
Community organizing 
Screen for problemsOur program, Non-governmental community organizations
Establish baseline conditions 
Nonpoint source assessmentOur program, Non-governmental community organizations
BMP evaluationOur program, Non-governmental community organizations
Land use decisionsOur program, Non-governmental community organizations
Watershed planningOur program, Non-governmental community organizations
Plan restoration projectsOur program, Non-governmental community organizations
Shellfish bed closures 
Swimming advisories 
State 305(b) reportState government


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